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obama and other world leaders begin making their way to south africa as preparations gear up for the memorial of nelson mandela. >>> plus, more dead pilot whales in florida. the man who snoozed got trapped on a plane. and miley cyrus does the unthinkable to santa. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for monday, december 9th. >>> good morning. i'm richard lui. we start with weather for you. that massive winterer weather system moving east and the car pileup. nbc's leanne gregg has more on the deep freeze. >> reporter: snow and ice bearing down this morning in the northeast, part of a massive system affecting half the country. that same system sunday in wisconsin caused a deadly pileup in whiteout conditions and shut down interstate 94. >> to the best of my knowledge, there is probably in excess of seven semis and 30-plus vehicles. >> it was bad, like you could barely see on the road. >> reporter: ice made driving impossible in parts of kentucky. >> i can deal with snow all day long but when it comes to freezing rain i don't even want to touch it
obama and the first lady will be going to south africa on tuesday. and former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be going to south africa this week. nelson mandela will be laid to rest this week. charlene hunter-gault who worked for npr during nelson mandela's presidency, and from newyork, special correspondent tom brokaw. here is tom back in 1990 interviewing nelson mandela after he was released from prison. it's a great photo. the reverend jesse jackson is here, one of the first people to greet mandela after he was released from prison. what a great day that was. we'll talk about it. and he wrote a book entitled "mandela's way." and charles ogletree who marched for mandela's freedom and subsequently met with him several times. welcome to all of you. it's a great privilege to have this conversation. i want to begin in south africa with charlene hunter-gault and have her set the scene with this national period of mourning and reflection and celebration. good morning, charlene. >> reporter: right now, david, it is pouring down rain, and in south africa rain is a sign of
this morning. professor, the modern influence that he has had. you think about president obama who meets him, and we have the pictures of it back in 2005. he's still a senator, and mandela had been encouraged to meet with this rising star in the democratic party, and this was their only meeting at the four seasons hotel in washington, the president reflecting on the life and times of mandela from the white house on thursday. >> i'm one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> and it's interesting, he being too young for the civil rights era, reverend jackson, but first to charles ogletree, this was the connection point was apartheid. this was the inspiration nelson mandela, who he could experience realtime, the joy of that deliverance realtime. >> that's exactly right. i was a student at stanford when i heard the movement about divestment from south africa in 1972. in 1971, barack obama was only ten years old so he was
fated commuter train traveling at almost three times the speed limit. >>> later today president obama will launch a campaign for his affordable care act. when that new message is. >>> vin diesel visits the site of close friend paul walker's horrific death. >>> a big night in seattle on monday night football. and the angel of 9/11, the image causing quite a stir. "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for tuesday, december 3. >>> good morning, to you, i'm richard lui. we start with new information about the deadly train derailment in new york. the ntsb says the train was going 82 miles per hour. when it rounded a sharp curve and left the tracks. that's nearly triple the speed limit for that area. new video shows the moment after the accident. you can see the huge train cars flipped right on their side. >> this is raw data off of the event recorders, so it tells us what happened, doesn't tell us why it happened. >> when i heard about the speed i gulped. it sort of takes your breath away. there are two choices. one would be human error on behalf of the engineer and the
you have to pay today. >>> president obama is getting back on the offensive, telling americans is working better than ever. the president saying the website is vastly improved and that obama care is here to stay. that reassurance comes as the president is under renewed pressure to hold people accountable for the botched rollout. >> do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you because it is working better now and it's just going to keep on working better over time. every day, i check to make sure that it's working better. >> in the meantime, a treasury department watchdog is noting potential problems come tax season. the inspector general says existing irs systems do not have the capability to detect fraud when it comes to the subsidies set up to help people buy insurance in the form of tax credits. administration officials say the irs aggressively safeguards its systems to combat fraud and that the health care system is no exception. >>> the results of actor paul walker's autopsy are expected to be released today. he and his friend were killed
're told they will be going back out tomorrow morning. >> mark potter, thanks. >>> president obama called for a hike in the minimum wage to help with the dangerous and growing income gap which he says and has said repeatedly is eroding the american dream. one recent study showed almost all the economic gains have gone to the very top, the 1%. tomorrow we'll be covering a job action among fast food workers in upwards of 100 cities across the country who plan to walk offer the job to protest low wages. >>> getting out alive. richard engle with wounded american troops, including one who heroically risked his life to save others. >>> and later, the moment the first dog got too excited making a new friend and what followed today at the white house. >>> we're back. and with all the talk of late about america's longest war and when the u.s. is leaving afghanistan, it's so important to remember there are still tens of thousands of american troops in harm's way. over the past 12 years, 51,000 u.s. service members have been injured in iraq and afghanistan, and sadly, that figure continues to rise.
's three-day enrollment total to 56,000. that's twice as many as all of october. president obama wednesday urged young activists not to give up on promoting the affordable care act. >>> and new court documents say that toronto mayor rob ford may have offered $5,000 and a car to suspected drug dealers. that in exchange he wanted the videotape that appeared to show him smoking crack. the information is contained in police wiretaps of gang members. >>> all right. let's get you over to business right now and cnbc. good morning, kayla. >> good morning, richard. fast food restaurant workers in 100 cities across the country are planning walkouts, strikes, and protests today. it's part of a push for a higher minimum wage. protesters will be calling for a $15 wage, which is more than double the current federal wage of $7.25. private sector job growth came in higher than expected at 215,000 jobs added in november, but more good economic news today could be bad news for stocks, which are on a four-day slide on fears it of the fed pulling back on its stimulus. and car service app uber is teaming up wi
the hour by president obama from the white house. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> part of an emotional appearance late today by president obama in the white house briefing room. nbc news correspondent roh rohit kachroo. all tonight we have seen people gathering to celebrate and sing celebrating the life of nelson mandela. while it's important to note that some will wake up to the sad news in the morning. >> reporter: that's right, brian. it is incredibly early in the morning here. almost 2:00. and many south africans haven't heard the news yet. but a few hundred of those who have came down here to nelson mande mandela's home. immediately they have gathered around us. they are singing songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. singing in all 12 languages, multi-cultural, multi-racial celebration of the rainbow nation. and one of the fascinating observations here is how young people are. like south africa itself, this crowd is young. the
times and decreased error rates. but the obama administration has downplayed expectations in the past week saying the man could actually outweigh capacity, and today's report indicates there is still more work to be done. the real test lies ahead when millions of uninsured americans could try to enroll by an initial december 23rd deadline. we have mike rogers of michigan. he also sits on the on us and commerce committee over the jurisdiction of health and human services. welcome to both of you and welcome to "meet the press "snoochlt. >> just your reaction to this report. dramatic progress, private sector-like velocity. the promise was for the website to be fully functioning by now. are you satisfied? >> overstated. have they made some progress and they brought in some folks to try to bring the functionality up. it still doesn't function right. their own cio said he believed that if they had the ability to get up to 80% functionality, that would be a good day for them. so, a, the functionality is right. here's a part of this discussion that nobody talks about. the security of this sit
want everybody to be clear about that. >> a clear and firm message today. you just heard it. obama care is working, and it's not going away. president obama saying the website for the affordable health care act is working well for the vast majority of users. what isn't working well, though, in california, is this political brand. a new field poll, take a look, shows 43% of californians disapprove of mr. obama's job performance. that's an increase from 35% in july. nbc bay area political analyst larry gersten joins us. larry, is this a cause for democrats to be concerned even here in california? >> they may not say so, but yeah, they are concerned on several fronts. look, to begin with, the president lost support among key constituencies. take a look at the growing ranks of disapproval. these are pretty important. women up to 40% from 27% a few months ago. latinos, 34% disapproving compared to 18%. union households, up to 43% from 25% a few months ago. these were major pillars of the democratic coalition in 2012, and they are abandoning ship. >> usually here in california, we're kind of
it out. >> but is it working as well as it should be? with president obama's promises to fix, will the website be fixed well enough to handle the millions of people that could sign up this month? and what will be the impact of obama care on the 2014 elections, and even perhaps the 2016 presidential race? >>> plus, an historic week for pope francis with his first major statement, attacking what he calls, quote, the idolatry of money. what continues is a whirlwind change for the vatican. i'll go one on one with cardinal timothy dolan of new york. he is one of the leading cardinals in america. he talks about why the church has turned against obama care and why the church has been outmarketed on gay marriage. >>> nbc correspondent harry smith with the story of the survivor of the boston marathon bombing. he represents the true meaning of boston strong. i'm david gregory onand this is "meet the press" on sunday, december 1st. >>> good sunday morning. a big weekend for the future of president obama's landmark health care legislation, two months to the day since the troubled lau
of their country. we will also tell you the specific plans now that we know about president obama's visit along with some other u.s. presidents here to south africa later this week as we report from soweto. >> lester, looking forward to that. we will get back to you shortly. >>> we want to get to today's top story in the u.s., another round of both powerful winter storms creating treacherous conditions at this point from california all the way to new england. the weather channel's mike seidel is in a very chilly leesburg, virginia, this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. as we await the first wintery weather west of washington, dallas is encased in ice. the west coast got slammed by a second storm on saturday. in barts of north dakota and montana, temperatures have stayed below zero since thursday. no break in the wintery blast as a new storm moved into california. heavy snow in the mountains made the roads unsafe. >> it's slippery and dangerous. you try to change lanes and you're going sideways. >> reporter: icy conditions saturday went as far south as los angeles county, puttin
. continuing this theme, after a break, we will hear some certainly reflections from president obama. >>> we are back with more of our coverage of the passing late today of nelson mandela at the age of 95. as we've been saying all evening long, reaction is pouring in including some emotional comments from president obama delivered in the briefing room in the white house west wing. for more on that, our chief white house correspondent chuck to d is standing by on the north lawn tonight. when you look at the timeline, nelson mandela springs together so many american presidents. >> reporter: he does. sort of passing the baton. but there's something about the connection that president obama himself feels with nelson mande mandela. it's something that he shared tonight in a very powerful and poignant statement. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released
by first lady michelle obama who brought along her daughters. nelson mandela's south africa embraced a multi-racial future and re-entered the family of nations. he leaves a legacy of freedom and proof that one life can make a difference. >> we are one country. we are one people. >> reporter: brian williams, nbc news, new york. >> we will have more on mandela's death in just a moment, but, first, some other stories developing this friday. you are watching many americans experiencing a massive weren't storm blasting its way across much of the country. take a look at oklahoma. a number of accidents there have been reported due to the recent snow accumulation. temperatures in missouri dipping so low that roads became sheets of ice, leaving drivers just like that, sliding all over the streets. nbc's meteorologist bill karens has more on that for us. we've got that, and we also have what's happening in the west. >> there's a new storm coming. we have bitterly cold temperatures, northern rockies. winter just, boom, just all of a sudden slapping everyone in the face. look at this map. pink s
in washington, hundreds are coming to pay their respects. >> i'm not sure obama would be president without mandela. >> everybody has united today. >> reporter: uniting his nation after apartheid was mandela's mission. when he brought his white jailers to his inauguration, colin powell was there. >> he said let's reach out and show love and reconciliation. he's our washington and our lincoln and our martin luther king all rolled into one. >> reporter: hillary clinton was at the inauguration. >> a lawyer and a freedom fighter. a prisoner and a leader. a man of anger and of forgiveness. >> reporter: there was no contradiction in what mandela stood for. >> the idea of every single human being ought to be free of oppression and justice can prevail. >> reporter: the white house announced president obama will go to south africa joining world leaders and south africans for the funeral of nelson mandela. there's a major memorial at the national cathedral here at washington on wednesday for this foreign leader held in high esteem by so many americans. >> thank you. >>> late this afternoon the san fr
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. >>> president obama and first lady michelle are on their way to south africa to attend nelson mandela's memorial service. mean tile, tributes to the anti-apartheid icon continue to pour in. nbc's ron allen has more. >> reporter: the celebration of the life of nelson mandela continues now for yet another day. >> i'm very proud to be a south african. >> reporter: all this in anticipation of a huge event tomorrow, the memorial service at the main soccer stadium here. it seats 80,000 to 100,000 people. there will be world leaders from across the globe, dozens of them, including president obama, former presidents clinton, bush, and carter. for the past few days, there's been an outpouring of emotion. it's mostly been celebration also mixed with grief and mourning. but most people here are trying to focus on the positive and focus on the legacy of nelson mandela. >> i decided to come and pay respects for actually teaching me to look beyond color, to learn how to forgive. >> that is what nelson mandela was and is, actually, still. bringing people together despite their differences. >> reporter: it's a
. after ten days of national mourning, a state funeral will be held. president and mrs. obama are among those scheduled to attend along with every living u.s. president and various other leaders from around the world. mandela will be buried december 15th in a private service in the village where he grew up. nbc bay area's joe rosato jr. shows us how mandela is being remembered by a few people here in the bay area who played a small role in mandela's effort to end apartheid. >> reporter: there are many pictures in the collection of reverend cecile williams but the one he counts as his most precious is the photo of him with nelson mandela. >> that picture you see of me speaking from after greeting him at that particular point is a picture that i cherish. >> reporter: the picture was taken during mandela's 1990 visit to the oakland coliseum four months after released from prison. williams was there to greet him. >> i was just so, so overcome by this man who was not just soft spoken, but who articulated and interpreted to people his genuine humanness. >> reporter: williams was asked to spea
on the problem-plagued obama care website. over the weekend, the white house it met a crucial deadline and fixed many glitches. le the siten speed has more than tripled, with 400 bugs gone. the president assess now works for the vast mortgage of applicants. applicants must enroll for coverage starting as soon as the new year, by december 23rd. >>> a man in minnesota made it snow on some lucky shoppers at the mall of america as "let it snow" was sung from a trio down below. the man threw 1,000 one-dollar bills off the mall's fourth floor. he said he had a rough year and he just wanted to make people happy on black friday. unfortunately, police weren't too happy with the man's stunt as they charged him with disorderly conduct. the man argued, quote, i don't see how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct. i bet there were a lot of happy faces there somewhere. >>> here's something you don't see very day. some hunters in north dakota caught a glimpse of this. a spinning disk of ice about 50 feet in diameter in the middle of the cheyenne river, hydrologists say that the ice disk was likely
. >>> the deadline to get health insurance has been pushed back to march. yesterday, the obama<Ñ9:y administration declared the system 90% functional but at peak times today the site couldn't handle the number of users. it is still possible to think you have seened up and not have coverage on january 1st. it stems from healthcare gove sending incomplete files to the insurance policies. >>> now a followup. the captain in charge when the costco busan crashed against the rocks will not get his license back. he served nearly a year in prison for polluting ocean waters. the spilled oil polluted dozens of miles of shoreline and killed thousands of sea birds. >>> a strange story tonight. new video of firefighters in southern california rescuing a woman who fell between two buildings. happened just a few hours ago. the firefighters were lowered into that tight space and able to pull up the woman 25 feet to safety. it took about an hour. witnesses say the 28-year-old woman was trying to jump from one building to the other. >> we don't know why. >>> let's turn it over to jeff ranieri. we are expecting some
president obama today repitching health care and the website. >> we've learned not to make wild promises about how perfectly smooth it's going to be at all times. >> reporter: but now that the site can handle heavy traffic without crashing, the white house felt comfortable launching this new effort to sell the entire law. this continues until december 23rd, the last day to sign up for insurance and be covered on january first. the new website is working well enough that consumer reports magazine which warned readers away from the site in october is now on board, but with caveats. >> if you want to buy insurance that's in effect on january 1st, you have to do it pretty quickly. >> reporter: the magazine offers tips to help get through the site smoothly. have financial information including tax returns in hand. if you created an account in october, scrap it. start a new one. and if you think yao signed up but haven't heard directly from the insurance company in a week, you have to call them yourself. tip number two is what got pam through the plan in florida, back in october, pam tried mul
he was in jail. >> president obama addressed the nation this afternoon. his comments were very personal. he spoke of how mandela inspired millions of people to fight for justice and democracy, including himself. >> the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings are guided by their hopes and not by their fears. like so many around the globe, i cannot imagine my own life without the example mandela set. >> take a look at this video. it is from oakland. mandela came to the bay area and 58,000 people filled the coliseum to meet him. many recall being face to face with the man who changed the world. we have a look at nelson mandela through their eyes. >> reporter: we spoke with barbara lee. she says the bay area holds a special connection for him because of the leadership and the people here who fight for human rights and against apartheid in south africa. he stood smiling in front of a crowd of about 60,000 people packed into the oakland coliseum. this was 1990, and the bay area was the last stop in the u.s. tour for north america. he once led the effo-- >
lovingly remembering the man. president obama said mandela's journey from prisoner to president, taught him the power of hope. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: mandela was born in south africa's black elite. but he led the movement against apartheid and was thrown in jail. tonight, south africans remember. >> our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embrace him as their own. >> reporter: when nelson mandela walked free after 27 years, he won the presidency, calling for racial reconciliation. and he made it work. no retribution. no trials. just forgiveness and an example to all. the world embraced nelson mandela. the u.s. congress gave him highest honors. tonight, the white house's flag is at half-staff. and this sign is up at the apollo theater. leaders in south africa are consulting with mandela's family regarding the funeral plans. but it is expected south africa will begin 10 to 12 days of official mourning. he lived his life thousands of miles aw
his home this morning. by the way, the clintons will join the obamas along with george w. bush and laura bush at nelson mandela's memorial services in south africa. president bush senior is unable to make the long journey. former president carter has yet to release his plans. >>> in this country for millions of americans tonight, the news is a massive ice storm churning through the center of the country east of the mississippi river, most of it. several deaths are already being blamed on the storm, and it's going to be a big factor on into the weekend. we begin our coverage with nbc's ron mott in memphis for us tonight. ron, good evening. >> reporter: hey, brian. good evening to you. here's what we are dealing with in memphis. freezing rain is coating all the trees, as you can see here. they have a big marathon planned for tomorrow. tonight it's the cars running on the icy roads and they are trying to get home safely from texas to ohio. getting from point "a" to point "b" has been dicey today as a major winter storm pounded the country with snow and ice, cutting power to more t
evening from south africa. president obama will begin making his way here to south africa tomorrow. to attend tuesday's public memorial service for nelson mandela. for three days now, south africans have been honoring and celebrating the man who helped unlock racist suppression and led his nation into democracy. it was a day of prayer and reflection. richard engel is also in johannesburg tonight and has this report. >> reporter: south africans let the holy spirit overwhelm them. they came to pray here because nelson mandela prayed here. fire master tom was growing up. mandela was in prison. they met only after he walk free. >> he was a friend. is he blood and flesh like us? because he was so good. >> reporter: for many here, mandela was more than just a prisoner turned president. he taught a lesson. >> we must always be humble, kind, and we huft love each other. >> the love that is everybody. >> reporter: even the u.s. ambassador got into the spirit singing kumbaya. >> it was incredibly powerful. if that singing did not stir your spirit -- >> reporter: this is a very special church
for obama care but for why you need federal programs. we have the reality check next. also -- >> it's five feet tall and loaded with technology. i'm scott budman. coming up, a very first look at the security guard of the future. >>> the man accused of killing another over a play sdags on sunday appeared in court for the first time today. he faces charges that could put him in prison for 75 years. nbc bay area's joe rosado jr. show us what prosecutors say they think ed will to the kill. >> the suspect faced his alleged killer for the first time. ronnie collins didn't enter a plea during a brief hearing in which he was described as a christmas time predator. >> if you think about what occurred there. it's the very antithesis of the season of giving. >> clark described how collins answered an ad for a play station 4 that his girlfriend and he most posted on insta gra. . they agreed to meet on bay view. >> they tried to get the young lady to walk from the walgreens by herself to the park. she declined. >> collins walked up to the car and pulled the gun on him. he offered to give him the play s
life. >> reporter: president obama paid homage to a civil rights icon. >> let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands and bent the mark of the moral universe toward justice. >> reporter: queen elizabeth remembered his efforts. his legacy is the peaceful south africa we see today, she said. a glittering film premiere in london attended by the royal couple and two of mandela's daughters celebrated the movie of his life, "long walk to freedom." his death was announced as the credits rolled. >> extremely tragic news. we are just reminded what an extraordinary man he was. >> reporter: mandela will have a state funeral but it was his leading by example that helped so many. >> we lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with here on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: this country is now in an official state of mourning. his body will lie in state for viewing and a funeral is expected. matt, back to you. >> richard, thanks so muc
. >>> paying respects, president obama leaving washington this morning to attend a massive memorial for nelson mandela along side three other former u.s. presidents. >>> are we there yet? an airline passenger falls asleep and wakes to find he is alone and locked inside the plane. >> you think somebody would have pushed me or rubbed me and said we're here. >> what happened when someone finally found him. >>> and ready for sochi. lindsey vonn declares herself ready to go after getting back on the slopes this weekend. we'll hear from her today, monday, december 9th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie along side al roker and natalie morales. don't you love the guy that got stuck on the plane. do you think he's a deep sleeper? >> it's your turn to check the back of the plane. >> if you're going to get stranded, could you wake up in the caribbean. is that so much to ask? >> you would think
for president barack obama. >> your wife is from here in the bay area. >> kind of one of us right now. >> she loves you guys so much. any time we see anything on tv, ice is over here. we are in the academy high school. she loves you so much. any word that rhymes with marin. so many great memories. family friends in the bay area. >> in terms of sleep deprivation. a lot of botox. she is almost five months old. her name is winnie rose. we had her passport photo taken. >> passport? >> getting ready for russia. i don't want to leave this country. leave me alone. >> you are a proud dad and so much success is am coming your way. i know it's hard and you haven't been shy in terms of fertility issues. >> we were trying to have a baby for years, 5 1/2 years. it's just tough. not easy at all. there probably people who are still trying. to them i say have hope and hang in there. however it happens, it's so worth it. >> when you retire down the road, what will be be doing? >> i always wanted to be a mail man. you get to wear shorts and drive in the weird car that didn't have a door on one side and wheels
an on line petition on the white house website. his mage to president obama, increase funding for nasa so that children can dream of exploring the universe. >> well, i would be very sad. nasa is mostly the only space station, like, space company i've known for a very long time. >> for 6 years flooes. he's adorable. he needs 100,000 signatures to get a response. tonight haez 3,000. so he has a long way to go to get 100,000 from the white house. a last look at weather. we can't get enough. we're going to anthony. >> talk about big dreams, right? >> you've got to like it. the freeze warning expires tomorrow morning. that's some good news. but the unfortunate thing, it's still going to be chilly tomorrow afternoon. while it will be bright it's still going to be chilly to start the day. 29 in the south bay. topping out in the mid 40s by the afternoon. very cold, even in san francisco. 35 degrees tomorrow. by the morning hours. but low 50s by the afternoon. and clear skies all day long. north bay, east bay and trivalley, expecting to be very bright. cold temperatures but warmer weather is on th
. presidents barack obama, george w. bush, and bill clinton will attend some of the services scheduled for this week. we don't have the exact time line or schedule, but they plan to be here. we will have much more from here but i know you're tracking breaking news in the state, erica. back to you. >> thank you, lester. >>> today's top story. the american veteran merrill newman will be home are his family in california in a matter of house. he has been held prison in north korea for weeks. late last night he was relieved and quickly began that trip home. ian williams is tracking the developments for us this morning from beijing. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. merrill newman is now a free man after north korea deported him on the first available fleight out of pyongyang. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has gave me to be on my way. >> reporter: he also said that he was particularly grateful to the north koreans for releasing him and he was looking forward to seeing his wife. the north koreans said they leaved him
our very thanks, tree here. sonny the elf sitting there. sunny obama. i heard the white house dog made famous yesterday. take a look at this. >> oh. >> that is 2-year-old ashley gardner at the white house as the first lady was doing the military family decorating party. sunny year and a half old pup got excited and knocked young ashley over. pastry chefs in shock. this is ashton's father, never worried. not a worry of fear in that man's eyes. the apology begins quickly. the dog says sorry. mrs. obama says, don't worry, you and your family will never pay taxes. we'll have more from the orange room in a bit. good to be back, guys. >> there has just been a lawsuit filed in that story. >> you think she's so cute. >> good to have you back. >>> coming up, production on the next "fast & furious" shut down indefinitely as former cast mates release an online tribute to the fallen star. >>> back on skis, exclusive videos. lindsay vonn returning to the slopes a couple weeks after yet [ female announcer ] dove invited women to test their body washes with paper that reacts like skin. if others can
with costars gathered sunday at the site of the crash. walker was 40 years old. >>> the obama administration says it has met its own december deadline for significantly improving the health care enrollment website. officials say site can now handle 50,000 users at a time. at least 800,000 a day. however, the administration isn't scheduled to release it's next round of actual enrollment figures until the middle of the month, december 23rd is the last day to sign up for coverage that begins in january. >>> after a few delays prince harry's trek to the south pole is now underway. nbc special correspondent back buckingham palace. >> reporter: good morning. after several days of delays due to bad weather and the logistics of getting thousands of pounds of gear from the russian base to the 87th degree parallel that they'll be setting off from, yesterday at 8:00 a.m. eastern time prince harry and the teams of injured soldiers from the u.s., the u.k. and the common wealth got off on the race to the south pole. they're hoping to cover about 175 miles which should take around 15 days. b
injuries. >>> with the enrollment deadline three weeks away president obama is launching a new push to get americans to sign up for affordable care health coverage. the improved obama care was website was able to handle at least 750,000 visitors monday although they did not say how many actually signed up. >>> there's been another alarming shark attack off of hawaii's coast. a man bitten monday while fishing died from his injuries. mara has more. >> officials say a shark attacked a man on a small island off of the southwest coast of maui. a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. they identified the victim as a 57-year-old from washington. he was kayaking with a friend when he began screaming for help. his friend paddled toward him and found his bleeding severely from his right leg. his friend tried to put a tourniquet on him and reach a boat but he died upon reaching the shore. >>> this is the 8th attack near maui this year. the 13th statewide. prompting a major study of shark behavior in the region. the area where the latest attack took place remains closed this morning. >> we're closing
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